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[Hands-On] The Galaxy Book – A Powerful, Portable PC Experience

on February 27, 2017
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Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2-in-1 tablet features Windows 10 integration for full PC functionality and a host of other advancements, including a refined S Pen, to offer mobile professionals a productivity powerhouse that allows them to maximize their efficiency whenever and wherever they wish.

 

 

Optimized for Efficiency

The Galaxy Book is available in 10.6- and 12-inch variations and features a premium, full-metal design that’s thin and lightweight. This makes the device highly portable, and equally suitable for getting work done in the boardroom and on the road.

 

Available in black or white, the included keyboard cover is a delight to work with, and comes complete with a large touchpad that offers plenty of room to comfortably maneuver through files or tabs. The curved, island-style keys are well spaced to reduce typos, and feature an adjustable backlight* to allow users working late to burn the midnight oil comfortably.

 

Furthermore, the cover’s ability to prop up the screen at various angles makes it easy to set the Galaxy Book down and get to work anywhere. Each of the three orientation modes – ‘PC’, ‘Easel’ and ‘Note’ – was designed to deliver optimal comfort and usability.

 

 

PC-Level Performance

Both Galaxy Book editions are powered by seventh-generation Intel® Core™ processors that provide premium, PC-level performance. The 10.6-inch edition comes equipped with 4GB of RAM and a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage, while the 12-inch model is available in a choice of either 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or a generous 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity. Both models allow users to add additional storage via microSD card.

 

In addition, the 12-inch Galaxy Book’s vibrant Super AMOLED display and the 10.6-inch edition’s TFT screen both support 4K video playback and provide ample room to scan documents on the go or binge a favorite TV show. Their long-lasting batteries charge fast, providing up to 10 hours of power for the 10.6-inch model and up to 10.5 hours for the 12-inch, giving users more freedom to be productive and enjoy their content uninterrupted.

 

 

Handy S Pen Integration

One of the Galaxy Book’s most efficient and fun features is its new, multifunctional S Pen, which helps users adopt a more convenient and hands-on approach to their work.

 

Samsung’s S Pens offer a best-in-class digital writing experience that allows users to enjoy greater productivity and exercise their creativity. The Galaxy Book’s S Pen is the most accurate yet, facilitating precise notes and detailed drawings thanks to its fine, 0.7mm tip, industry-leading sensitivity – recognizing 4,096 levels of pressure – and ability to vary the thickness of its strokes depending on the angle at which it’s tilted. Moreover, the S Pen does not require a battery to function.

 

The Galaxy Book also features support for the S Pen’s PDF Annotation function, to help users get more work done on the go, and Adobe Photoshop, to allow creative professionals to enjoy the device’s advanced mobile productivity as well. The S Pen’s stroke-width adjusting ‘Tilt’ function is particularly handy when fine-tuning images with the professional software, making it easier for users to enhance depth and detail.

 

 

Other handy S Pen tools include Samsung Notes, which consolidates the S Pen’s notetaking, drawing and image-management capabilities in one simple application, as well as Air Command functions such as Smart Select, which now lets users create, save and share their own animated GIFs.

 

 

Streamlined Security and Connectivity

Both Galaxy Book models are additionally available in LTE-compatible versions, to cater to always-connected lifestyles, and may be easily integrated into a user’s personal device ecosystem via Samsung Flow. This versatile app allows users to easily sync content and alerts between their Galaxy smartphone and tablet, and even lets them set up secure hotspots and unlock their tablet via their smartphone’s fingerprint sensor.

 

 

Transfers between the connected devices are seamless, and enable users to stay up to date without sacrificing data security or efficiency. This means that with Samsung Flow, a user editing a file on the Galaxy Book will receive notifications from their smartphone directly on their tablet and will be able to quickly reply using the Galaxy Book’s keyboard, without missing a beat.

 

Combining powerful, PC-level performance with the signature convenience of the S Pen, Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2-in-1 device is less of a tablet and more of a highly portable personal computer.

 

 

*This feature is exclusive to the Galaxy Book’s 12-inch model.

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